FREE Training Opportunity: An introduction to aspects of Play into Practice

We would like to invite you to attend one of our FREE training workshops, taking place throughout November. Content is linked to the National guidance “Building the Ambition” 2014.

More information can be found on the following flyer. If you’d like to download the flyer as a PDF, please click here.


Upcoming workshop: an introduction to aspects of Play into Practice


We are offering an exciting opportunity for those working with children in Out of School Care and childminders in Highland! We invite you to attend one or more of a series of four FREE practical workshops adapted from our ‘Play into Practice’ course. These sessions are suitable for those who may be new to working with children in OSC , those who want to develop their knowledge and practice or simply a refresher and a little inspiration! Content is linked to the National guidance “Building the Ambition” 2014.

For more information, including dates and booking information, click here to download the workshop flyer.


Last Chance to Register for Strathpeffer Play into Practice (PLiP)

There are still a few places available for Play into Practice in Strathpeffer. If you are interested in attending, make sure you get your completed booking form in by the 28th of April (Thursday).

What: Play into Practice (PLiP) is for inexperienced practitioners or experienced practitioners looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in the value of play and learning.

Where: Strathpeffer Community Centre.

When: Starts on the 4th of May, 2016.

Click here to download more information and a booking form.

New location for Play and Learning into Practice Course (PLiP)

Due to insufficient demand in FORT WILLIAM we’re relocating PLiP to Strathpeffer. This central location provides an exciting opportunity for staff working in the surrounding area. Strathpeffer Community Centre, Strathpeffer can be accessed easily by Public Transport from several locations, for example:

Dingwall5 miles(approx)
Inverness19 miles (approx)
Tain7 miles (approx)
Ullapool40 miles (approx)

Or contact Care and Learning Alliance Office on 01463 703033.

Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP) – Strathpeffer

Play and Learning into Practice (PLiP) a FREE 6-day introductory course, is running in Strathpeffer Community Centre starting on May 2016 for six weeks. It is for both new and inexperienced practitioners and experienced practitioners looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in the value of play and learning. The course provides wide range of practical learning experiences, knowledge on child development and an understanding of how to provide an effective childcare environment.

The course provides the option for students to complete the SQA NC module ‘Child Development and Health’.

N.B. Training is FREE to practitioners and childminders (subject to availability) working in Highland.

Play into Practice in Fort William

Over the last three Thursdays in March, we’ve been sharing an introduction to Play into Practice (adapted from the 5 day accredited course) in Lochaber.  Attendees came from a variety of working backgrounds including childminders, ELC practitioners, children’s support workers, and NHS staff. Many thanks to the lovely group of ladies who attended for their active participation in a blend of play related theory, practice, thought provoking discussions and practical hands on play, fun and learning!

Evaluative comments include:DAMN IT

“I will experiment more.”

“I feel good, much more positive about play.”

“I plan to fit the Types of Play into practice and be more aware of the Play Cycle.”

“Learned about the importance of loose parts inplay and not just pre-formed toys.”

“I feel excited and enthusiastic.”


See the CALA blog or contact our office on 01463 703033 for information on the six-day accredited training “Play and Learning into Practice” for those working in Early Learning and Childcare due start in Fort William in April.

Norma Ruettimann

Training Development Manager